Sleater-Kinney (album)

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Studio album by Sleater-Kinney
Released 1995
Studio 486 Victoria Street in Melbourne, Australia
Genre Punk rock
Length 22:45
Label Chainsaw
Producer Tim Green, Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney chronology
Call the Doctor
(1996)Call the Doctor1996

Sleater-Kinney is the debut studio album by the American rock band Sleater-Kinney, released in 1995 by Chainsaw Records. The album received favorable reviews from critics.

Recording and release[edit]

Sleater-Kinney was recorded by Nick Carrol at 486 Victoria Street in Melbourne, Australia and produced by Tim Green and the band at the Red House in Olympia, Washington.[1] The album was released in 1995 by the queercore independent record label Chainsaw Records.[2] As of March 1996, the album had sold 1,000 copies according to singer and guitarist Corin Tucker.[3] As of February 2015, Sleater-Kinney has sold 25,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A−[5]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[7]

Sleater-Kinney received favorable reviews from music critics. AllMusic reviewer Zach Curd stated that the album "is a medium-fi blast of thrashy riot grrrl rock. Some tracks are reminiscent of [1990s] Sonic Youth ('Be Yr Mama'), while others are just blasts of punk angst ('A Real Man'). The group suffers from excessively monotone melody lines, but succeeds with their overall confidence and an understanding of dynamics that is promising".[2] In a more positive review, prominent music critic Robert Christgau commented, "while their same-sex one-on-ones aren't exactly odes to joy, they convey a depth of feeling that could pass for passion."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker.

No. Title Length
1. "Don't Think You Wanna" 1:53
2. "The Day I Went Away" 3:04
3. "A Real Man" 1:04
4. "Her Again" 2:20
5. "How to Play Dead" 2:06
6. "Be Yr Mama" 2:52
7. "Sold Out" 1:16
8. "Slow Song" 2:00
9. "Lora's Song" 2:29
10. "The Last Song" 3:37
Total length: 22:45



  1. ^ Sleater-Kinney (CD booklet). Sleater-Kinney. Olympia, Washington: Chainsaw Records. 1995. CHSW #12. 
  2. ^ a b c Curd, Zach. "Sleater-Kinney". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  3. ^ Inoue, Todd S. (1996-03-21). "Portland's Sleater-Kinney is maniacally vulnerable". Metro. Metro Newspapers. Archived from the original on 1997-01-13. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  4. ^ Molanphy, Chris (2015-02-03). "Unfinished Business". NPR. Archived from the original on 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (October 2000). "Sleater-Kinney: Sleater-Kinney". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 284. ISBN 978-0312245603. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  6. ^ Pelly, Jenn (2014-10-24). "Start Together". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan (November 2004). "Sleater-Kinney". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Fireside Books. pp. 742–743. ISBN 978-0743201698. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 

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